Modern Languages and Linguistics recognised for research excellence

Modern Languages and Linguistics, part of the University’s School of Cultures and Languages, has been judged by an expert panel as having some of the best research in the country. Over 90% of its research outputs and 90% of its research environment have been assessed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

This excellent result ranks Modern Languages and Linguistics at Kent 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education.

Ranging across French, German, Hispanic, and Italian culture, comparative literature, and theoretical and experimental linguistics, the School’s world-leading research informs its work – and its teaching – on a daily basis. With the almost 90% of the School’s research and over 80% of its research impact also judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, this means that students at all levels are taught by international experts.

Research in Modern Languages and Linguistics has also made an important impact outside the lecture theatre and the academic community. One project campaigns on behalf of indigenous Peruvians and forcibly sterilised women; another helps refugees and asylum seekers gain the English language skills they need in order to integrate into their new communities and access mainstream education and jobs. The project was even adopted by teaching staff in HMP Oakwood in April 2020 so that inmates could continue with their language learning during lockdown. Other high-profile cultural contributions from the School include participating in international exhibitions at the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Picasso in Paris.

Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia, Head of the School of Cultures and Languages, said, ‘As a discipline which prizes international collaboration, it is incredibly encouraging to see that our research and its impact has been recognised by the panel. The School of Cultures and Languages is extremely proud of the partnerships that have led to this success, and I am grateful not only to our academic staff but to our postgraduate researchers, to our professional services colleagues, and to all our partners around the world who have helped made these achievements possible.’

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